When you travel overseas to help with Lifewater Canada projects, your five greatest health and safety risks are:

  1. Heat stroke
  2. Gastro-intestinal illness
  3. Traffic accidents
  4. Injury on the job and/or a transfusion with tainted blood -- after not working safely!
  5. Being mugged in cities or attacked in remote areas -- after walking alone

So . . . 

  1. Wear a hat, drink plenty of fluids, and stay out of the sun as much as possible
  2. Carefully choose what you eat and drink
  3. Carefully choose with whom you travel -- and wear seat belts
  4. Work safely and wear the proper protective equipment
  5. Avoid being along in busy cities or remote areas

When traveling in vehicles, always keep your doors locked and windows rolled up. If you want to hear what is going on around you, crack your window, but just enough to hear.

Be a safe vehicle passenger in urban areas:

  • Pay attention to people walking around your vehicle when it is stopped. Street kids and vendors sometimes test door handles and trunks to learn if they're unlocked
  • Keep wallets, purses, backpacks, phones, cameras, and hats secure and away from your window
  • If you need to talk on your cell phone, hold it in your hand furthest from the window

What to take:

  • Lifewater Packing List
  • The Universal Packing List
  • Packing tips from other sources
  • Whatever you pack, weight is very important. Most airlines allow two pieces of luggage (maximum 23 kg each) to be checked free of charge only if you obtain a humanitarian luggage waiver in advance. Bags weighing 23-32 kg will be assessed an excess-baggage fee of $50-$100 per bag. Bags over 32 kg may not be accepted or the fees will be very high.

Health (First-Aid and Water Treatment):

Other travel information:

Our listing of various government, corporate, and other websites does not imply an endorsement.

Mr. Bean reminds us why to never to leave packing until the last minute!
Every $1 you give provides a child with safe water for a year!






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